“To Me, ArtReach Is…”
ArtReach is an organization designed to support community-based arts initiatives that engage youth from under served populations who have experienced exclusion in Toronto.
A guiding principle of ArtReach is that funding needs to be accessible to youth directly, and should empower youth by placing ownership of projects in their own hands. ArtReach encourages youth to take the lead in defining what art means to them, and what resources they need to achieve their goals.
The structure and processes in place at ArtReach represent a growing awareness that a new way of funding and working with youth is needed. From the beginning, young people have played a significant part in the development of ArtReach, and continue to be involved in all aspects of our organization.
In addition to funding, ArtReach provides free capacity building initiatives that aim to strengthen the community of young artists working towards social change in Toronto. Examples include grant-writing supports for youth applicants, mentorship for funded groups, and free monthly workshops as part of the G.O.A.L. youth capacity building workshop series.
ArtReach also hosts an annual Pitch Contest, where young artists have the opportunity to pitch their ideas to a panel of judges for a chance to win cash or resources to enhance their project, production, business, or professional development goals.
This project is a collaboration of the SKETCH organizational mentorship platform.